Access to the island campgrounds is exclusively by boat
South Stradbroke Island is the 15th largest sand island in the world. Access is exclusively by boat. Visit this beautiful Gold Coast island by private boat, water taxi, boat hire, boat charter, sea plane, jet ski safari or local cruise boat.
The boat ride across to Tipplers is approximately 30 minutes from the Runaway Bay Marina. Other departure options include Jacobs Well, Sanctuary Cove Marina and Marina Mirage at Main Beach.
Vehicle and trailer parking is also available at these Gold Coast boat ramps :
- Jacobs Well Boat Ramp, 2 Esplanade, Jacobs Well
- Ray Street Boat Ramp, Runaway Bay
- Howard Street Boat Ramp, Runaway Bay
- Jasmine Avenue Boat Ramp, Hollywell
- Paradise Point Boat Harbour Boat Ramp, Donald Avenue, Paradise Point
Alternatively, the friendly Water Taxi skippers will transport you and your camping gear over to the island. You’ll be dropped on the beach in front of your camp site.
Tipplers Ferry is a great option – Click here for further information about this service.
Check with our friendly campground managers if you need further advice in relation to transport to the island.
Access to the campgrounds – Remote soft sand island camping
The camping grounds are completely surrounded by native bushland, with white sand dunes facing the blue Pacific Ocean on the eastern side of the Island and the magnificent Broadwater on the western side. This creates a very restful atmosphere at the campgrounds but means you’ll need to be self-sufficient.
Tipplers Campground features a pontoon. However, the gangway is narrow and does not meet current fully accessible standards.
Island shacks and onsite tents are a great option for those who wish to travel light.